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Bankei The Unborn

12/16/2017
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Bankei, one of my favourite Zen teachers from the 17th seventeenth. Bankei teaches the direct path to enlightenment. Bankei taught a form of Zen that was accessible to people from all walks of life. He spoke of the “unborn” – the treasure that is here all the time – we come home to the unborn – this timeless aware presence that we have always been.

Duration:00:26:28


Returning Home

12/2/2017
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This talk picks up on the themes introduced in the previous talk. What would it feel like to end the story of me? Freedom, peace and love. The practice principles are used as guides to bring about this ending and release from bondage to the separate self.

Duration:00:36:29


Ending The Story Of Me

11/25/2017
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The suffering that we can end is the suffering of the separate self. In fact, suffering is the separate self. The ending of suffering necessarily implies the dissolution of the separate self and in that dissolution, we realise ourselves as this aware presence that we always, already are.

Duration:00:33:53


Advaita and Zen

11/18/2017
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Discussion on the similarities and differences between Advaita and Mahayana Buddhism. Is there one truth or many truths? Emptiness and True Nature? Are they the same or different?

Duration:00:26:31


Emotional Hurt

10/28/2017
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In this talk we investigate our experience of emotional hurt, ranging from traumatic experience to feeling let down or disappointed. This includes seeing how the identification with a separate self from childhood onwards is necessary precursor to the experience of emotional hurt. During our investigation we come to realise that our self-as-awareness cannot be hurt because awareness is always prior to the identification with the separate self. Realising self-as-awareness provides us with a...

Duration:00:32:21


The Golden Thread

10/21/2017
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This was a talk by a guest speaker, Russell Atkinson, on the history of Advaita Vedanta. Russell worked for many years as a Naturopath and has written extensively on Vedanta Advaita and Zen.

Duration:00:40:10


Growing and Waking Up

10/14/2017
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Continuing from last week’s talk we explore human development from the perspective of growing up and waking up. In the same way as the mother communicates security to the child the teacher communicates the True Self to the student. Once the student recognises their own True Self (which is the same True Self) they see the path of freedom from the limitations of the separate self. The True Self provides refuge to the “baby being” in the same way as the mother provides a secure base for the...

Duration:00:24:09


You Are Light

10/7/2017
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A commentary on the Pali Chant Attha dipa which identifies the True Self using the metaphor of Light. This is interpreted in the light of the zen tradition and the Heart Sutra: form is boundlessness. In zen we return our attention inwards – resting attention in the source of awareness itself and realising our True Self as that awareness.

Duration:00:09:36


Case 23 Hui-neng Neither Good Nor Evil

9/30/2017
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A commentary on the koan which is often shortened to read, “what is your original face before your parents were born?” It gives the background story to the sixth founding teacher and relates the koan to the three steps of zen and the foundation this creates for deep self-acceptance.

Duration:00:34:48


Three Steps Zen

9/23/2017
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The three steps to Zen awakening are (1) to study the self; (2) to forget the self; and (3) to integrate our awakening to reality into our everyday life.

Duration:00:12:07


Living by Vow

9/16/2017
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The four Bodhisattva vows are regularly chanted at most Zen centres. We discuss the language and interpretation of the vows and how to make them relevant to our practice. Each of the vows is a perspective on the call to awaken from the self-centred dream to the Reality of just this moment.

Duration:00:35:55


Dukkha

8/19/2017
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Discussion of the duhkha or suffering. This focuses in particular on psychological suffering, the suffering of the separate self and the suffering that is maintained through the actions of the separate self. This includes examining suffering on a personal, interpersonal and social level.

Duration:00:31:51


The Self-Centred Dream

6/24/2017
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The Buddha taught suffering and the ending of suffering. This talk focuses on the psychological suffering generated by the separate self. It starts with a commentary on the four practice principles and then discusses what we mean by “inquiry” practice.

Duration:00:38:31


The Hero's Journey Part Three

6/17/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:21:15


The Hero's Journey Part Two

6/10/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:36:24


The Hero's Journey Part One

6/3/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:35:35


Three Pillars of Practice

5/20/2017
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Three Pillars of Practice by Andrew Tootell

Duration:00:26:55


The Inner Critic

5/16/2017
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In this talk I discuss the 7th precept – “I take up the way of meeting others on equal ground”. This includes meetings ourselves with acceptance and compassion. It explores how we can embrace our own “inner critic” with compassion and gradually transform the critic into an inner mentor or teacher.

Duration:00:26:56


Dog Nature

5/6/2017
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Focuses on the importance of embodiment and spontaneity in Zen practice.

Duration:00:17:45


The Zen Path Through Depression

4/16/2017
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Depression is understood as a self-state and is related to the first precept – I take up the way of supporting life. How depression could be understood as a form of “killing” the self, either literally through suicide, or metaphorically, in that it closes down our ability to enjoy life.

Duration:00:19:00

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